Back 26 May 2015

Vacancy at the ICM: Policy and Advocacy Officer

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Policy and Advocacy Officer


Job Purpose:

The key purpose of this post is to be responsible for providing advice, analysis and support to a range of ICM activities, strategies, publications, products and policies in the area of policy, campaigning and advocacy.

The post holder will be primarily responsible for developing  and implementing ICM’s global policy and advocacy strategies in relation to Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Health (SRMNH) and Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG’s) or agenda. In collaboration with the Chief Executive, she/he will identify opportunities, and utilize evidence to help design, inform and deliver ICM’s global policies and advocacy strategies. She/he will also build and maintain relationships with key decision makers and influencers, and support the development and delivery of campaigns to address key issues in relation to SRMNH, Post 2015 agenda.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:


The Policy and Advocacy Officer will undertake/fulfil the following responsibilities:


1.           Key Areas of Responsibility



1.1         Monitor, analyse and evaluate global policy documents in SRMNH

1.2         To coordinate and produce ICM responses to consultations and maintain and update an ICM consultations database

1.3         Gather evidence and produce policy documents and presentations, including policy memos, briefs, and other policy and informational documents for both internal and external purposes;

1.4         To create and develop strong relationships with key actors, stakeholders, and partners to maximise impact and resources in furthering SRMNH and post 2015 agenda;

1.5         Undertake background research, provide information and analytical support to policy-related work being undertaken by ICM staff as required 



1.6         Lead the development and implementation of an overarching advocacy strategy for ICM.

1.7         Develop and implement advocacy strategies and corresponding activities to advance specific policy change in support of SRMNH;

1.8         Advise on the engagement of advocacy by various ICM projects and conduct periodic reviews of the effectiveness of selected strategies and activities;

1.9         Develop proposals and mobilise resources in support of expanded policy and advocacy initiatives;

1.10       Facilitate capacity building in policy/advocacy among ICM member associations;

1.11       Provide training on advocacy strategy development for ICM staff, including advocacy messaging, communications, and related activities;

1.12       Contribute to the development of advocacy capacity-strengthening tools, curricula and training for ICM staff and partners;

1.13       In collaboration with the technical team, help strengthen technical capacity of local ICM Member Associations to better support program implementers and decision makers to mobilise advocacy agendas;

1.14       Contribute to the development and dissemination of advocacy lessons learned;

1.15       In collaboration with communications team, produce materials for advocacy, communications and media purposes on ICM priorities through desk based research, including drafting or inputting into reports, briefing papers, submissions to consultations and web content;

1.16       Work closely with relevant partner organisations to develop coordinated advocacy and public campaigns on ICM priority themes and countries. 




Bachelor’s degree


- Proven experience working in a relevant policy role
- First-hand experience of global health policies and advocacy strategies, in particular maternal, newborn health is a plus
- Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with NGO partners, international and private organisations and companies 
- Experience in facilitating groups and moderating complex discussions with a variety of stakeholders
- Proven analytical skills 
- Detailed briefings on a variety of complex policy and advocacy issues
- Proven and relevant experience of policy, campaigning, research, analysis and/or project work



- Experience of initiating, planning, leading and supporting campaigning work 
- Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and co-ordinate workload 
- Positive approach to problem-solving
- Ability to deal with complex, confidential and sensitive information 
- Advanced IT skills, highly proficient in using Microsoft programmes (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
- A focus on performance and output



Communication Skills:
- Excellent command of the English language (mother tongue level) 
- Writing skills in a second ICM language (French or English) is a plus
- Effective communications skills: verbal, written and listening skills including ability to communicate with a diverse range of contacts, both internal and external
- Experience in writing for publication 
- Effective public relations and presentation skills
- The ability to produce clear, concise and accurate briefs, correspondence and documentation (in English)


ICM is the voice of midwives globally representing its 119 member associations in more than 100 countries. ICM works through these midwives associations to enhance the reproductive health of women, their newborn and families. 

To Apply

Please submit your motivation letter (no more than 300 words) and CV to by 23:59 CET on 15 June 2015.

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